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Can KL Rahul fill MS Dhoni’s shoes ?

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Australia have defeated India by 51 runs in second ODI at SCG. After this loss, India will now be playing for the pride in the last match and focus on the upcoming T20 and Test series. However the 3 match ODI series has raised a lot of question for the Captain and Management.

The lost form of Jasprit Bumrah is matter of concern. Jasprit performed extremely well for his franchise, but since his return from the injury there are speculations about his lost ability to deliver deadly Yorkers. The fans have also started questioning Virat Kohli’s captaincy. But seeing the resources Virat has, there is no doubt he has done with the best of his ability.

West Indian great Michael Holding quoted, “India has a lot of young talent but they are missing the character and skill of MS Dhoni”.
Can India’s future KL Rahul fill MS Dhoni’s shoes in white ball cricket ?

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MS Dhoni took India to new heights. Year after years with his calm demeanor and finishing ability he took the team across the finishing line. MS Dhoni is the only batsman who averages more than 100 in successfull run chases. MS average 102.71, another record that proves the above verse is Dhoni remained not out for 47 times in India’s successful chases.

But after his retirement, the management and the captain are seeing at KL Rahul as the next wicketkeeper batsman. In the current Indian team, KL is the most classiest batsman. He is a god gifted timer of the ball, the ease with which he sends the ball out of the part is an absolute delight to the eyes. The KXIP captain has proved himself during last 1 year, how he can be the most destructive as well as the safest player in the Indian side.

Rahul had a special IPL. KL Rahul scored 670 runs in 14 matches at a strike rate 129.34. His batting form that began in New Zealand is continuing. After today’s game it’s clear how big of batsman he is. Though India lost the game, KL Rahul’s fighting knock will be remembered for long time.

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KL Rahul walked into the middle at a tough time. After building a strong foundation KL Rahul accelerated and eased of the pressure from Virat. But his temperament and strong character was witnessed after Kohli’s departure. The way he played those pull shots and gave India an outside chance was worth watching.

However there are questions on KL Rahul’s proper usage. The batsman of that calibre at number 5. KL Rahul plays cricketing shots and believes in risk free cricket, why not bring him at number 4 and let him play his natural game. The more he gets time, the better he will be settled in the middle. KL Rahul has evolved as the wicketkeeper over the years and he has the ability to become one of the best wicketkeeper batsman.

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KL Rahul also needs to take his team across the finishing line. The legacy of MS Dhoni will always stand that he took his team out from the tough situations. KL Rahul also needs to apply the same formula. The impact that he can create staying till the end will be beneficial for both, the team as well as KL.

India will be facing Australia in the 3rd ODI at Canberra. Likely there would be certain changes in India’s Playing XI specially in the bowling unit. India has nothing to lose from here on, come out and express yourself !

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